The lecturers will browse the different aspects of the synthesis of bulk molecular materials and bottom-up strategies towards the corresponding molecular nanoobjects. This approach is based on the use of well-defined precursors and a good control of the conditions in which they react together in order to master the topology/dimensionality, size/nuclearity, shape and dispersity of the bulk materials and nanoobjects. A special attention will be paid to their characterization using single-crystal X-ray diffraction and to their magnetic and electrochemical properties.

Molecular Magnetism

Prerequisites, a quick reminder…
Interacting spins: The Kahn’s model
Multifunctional Molecule-based Magnets
Processing of Molecule-based Magnets

Photoresponsive molecular systems

  1. Based on photoinduced energy transfer
  2. Based on charge separation state
  3. Application in redox photocatalysis
  4. Application in molecularsensor
  5. Based on photochromic units

Single-Crystal X-Ray diffraction

  1. Crystal
  2. RX-materials Interactions
  3. Diffracted intensity
  4. Apllication: structure resolution


Synthesis: Basis in coordination and supramolecular chemistry including ligand design and synthesis, thermodynamic of complexes.
Properties and techniques: oxido-reduction properties, optical properties of complexes (Tanabe-Sugano diagrams, luminescence properties), magnetic properties of the single ion (Van Vleck and Curie laws, Zero-Field Splitting, Spin Cross-Over), knowledge on powder X-ray diffraction